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Appalachian Englishes in the Twenty-First Century
edited by Kirk Hazen
West Virginia University Press, 2020
eISBN: 978-1-949199-56-7 | Paper: 978-1-949199-55-0 | Cloth: 978-1-949199-54-3
Library of Congress Classification PE2970.A6A67 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 427.975

Appalachian Englishes in the Twenty-First Century provides a complete exploration of English in Appalachia for a broad audience of scholars and educators. Starting from the premise that just as there is no single Appalachia, there is no single Appalachian dialect, this essay collection brings together wide-ranging perspectives on language variation in the region. Contributors from the fields of linguistics, education, and folklore debunk myths about the dialect’s ancient origins, examine subregional and ethnic differences, and consider the relationships between language and identity—individual and collective—in a variety of settings, including schools. They are attentive to the full range of linguistic expression, from everyday spoken grammar to subversive Dale Earnhardt memes.

A portal to the language scholarship of the last thirty years, Appalachian Englishes in the Twenty-First Century translates state-of-the-art research for a nonspecialist audience, while setting the agenda for further study of language in one of America’s most recognized regions.
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